Let’s build on 2014’s successes


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture kept the Kentucky Proud program growing, helped Kentucky students gain greater access to local foods, and helped restore industrial hemp production to the Commonwealth in 2014. We plan to build on those achievements in 2015 and look for more ways to strengthen Kentucky agriculture.

Kentucky produced its first industrial hemp crop in nearly 70 years in 2014, and we're looking forward to following up with a wide scope of pilot projects this year. I'm continuing to work with our congressional delegation to open industrial hemp production to all producers and processors in Kentucky. Finding markets for hemp ultimately will determine the crop's success in Kentucky, and the level of interest we've seen is very promising. Businesses call my office almost daily to express their interest in domestically produced hemp.

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